'Sleep Out' on NYC Streets to Raise Awareness for Homeless Youth

Covenant House helps more than 50,000 homeless youth find a bed.
5:27 | 10/24/14

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So glad she's with us next week. It's time for feel good Friday. We need this today with an organization making a huge difference in so many young people's live opinions there are a staggering 1.6 million children who don't have a place to lay their heads. And last night, people inspired to do something about it. Gio Benitez slept out on the street at covenant house in new York. He's joining us to tell us about it. How was your night? It was cold, noisy, but so eye-opening. A lot of brave souls here for a very special cause. Take a look. Meet 20-year-old Nigeria. Born, raised and thriving right here in New York City. Here you are, overlooking Manhattan. I don't think there's any other better place that I could be. Reporter: But jouust two months ago, she was on the streets. Her parents dying when she was young. Show wound up in foster care. When I got to my fostermore's home, she wasn't accepting I was a lesbian. I cressdressed like a tomboy. Reporter: Don't dress like that. Change clothes or leave. Reporter: She spent nights in subway cars. You forget to stop, and I'll be one of those people. Reporter: Then everything changed. Welcome to mi casa. Reporter: All right. She found covenant house, a life-saving steppingstone for young people. Northea she's on track to get a life of her own and training to be a nurses aid. A lot of people are helping you, but you will help people. I hope I am, I love people. Reporter: But overnight, it was our turn to spread the love. ? covenant houses across the country rescue thousands of young people like her every year, but now taking it to a whole new level. They're challenging me and 60 others from Lenox advisers to sleep out here in the sleeping bags. It's cold, windy, it's going to be tough. But all to show America that these kids are not alone. It's very cold out. If the kids can do it, we can do it. That's right. Reporter: Look who is here, Nigeria. You need the nurses license, a lot of people need your help in the morning. The covenant house sleep out raised $7 million over the last three years. That's how we keep the doors open. What's this? Wind guard. I have a feeling a lot of us aren't sleeping tonight. It's 1:15 in the morning inside my bunk. So many sleeping out so others don't have to. And this group already raising $125 grand overnight. And look here, the beautiful future nurse Nigeria and Rick from the corporate sponsors. You want to talk to them, take it away. I do. Thank you all, Nigeria, so happy you're finishing the job. You're graduating today. What does it mean to you to see people like Rick and others that are sleeping out overnight to bring awareness to what's going on in this country? It just gives me hope to know that people will take time out of their day, even though they don't have to be here, just to raise awareness for us youth that don't have the things that people usually have. I'm just grateful for that. It does bring an awareness like that. And Rick, I have known you a long time. You have been doing this for a number of years. Just explain to people what it's like and why you're doing this. Well, robin, I think it's a -- probably have 60 or 70 people here and in L.A. Also that slept out. You know, experiencing homelessness is a very, very humbling experience. And it's something that everybody should do. Just to see what these kids go through on a nightly basis. And the covenant house is just an amazing, amazing place where kids that come in come from broken homes. They've either been physically or sexually abused, they've been neglected, they've been thrown out of their homes like Nigeria was. And the covenant house brings them in, gives them shelter, job counts counseling. Support. But gives them hope. Hope they can make a difference and get their lives on track. The goal is for the covenant house to raise awareness and do corporate sleep outs. Go to the covenanthouse.org, and sleep out, raise money, do their own corporate sleepout. And young people like Nigeria standing next to you, they want a helping hand. They don't want a handout, a helping hand. That's what covenant house does. Are you excited about graduating today and going on to be a nurses aid, Nigeria? I'm superexcited to graduate today. I get my cna on Monday. It's my dream job. To have that step in the door, start my career. I'm ecstatic. And we are for you. Hey, Nigeria, and Rick, thank you. And gio, thank you as well. He sent this remarkable e-mail overnight. And go to goodmorningamerica.com on Yahoo!.

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